STYLE, STUNNING SETTINGS AND SUSTAINABILITY COME TOGETHER IN SIX SENSES’ LUXURIOUS HOTELS
WHEN IT COMES TO HONEYMOONS, an exotic location, super service and stylish accommodation are three essentials. At Six Senses, you can add ‘attention to detail’ into the mix. It’s the little things they do that spell romance: a VIP welcome, a never-ending supply of poolside snacks and locally-crafted gifts at turndown, all designed to make you feel extra-special.
Their resorts in Thailand and Vietnam are truly sublime — but how to choose? In Tna and. S x Senses Samui, nestle among palm trees on the northern tip of Koh Samui, is perfect for outdoorsy types with its programme of sunrise yoga and watersports; Six Senses Yao Noi (on Koh Yao Noi island) has an incredible hillside location overlooking the enchanting Phang Nga Bay. It is all about the views and the pool villas are pinch-me-is-this-all-ours luxurious. Then there’s Six Senses Con Dao in southern Vietnam, a beautiful eco-conscious island resort with an emphasis firmly on relaxation. It’s perfect to combine with a visit to Six Senses’ property in northern Vietnam. Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, which is built into the hillside above the East Vietnam Sea and offers a breathtakingly beautiful coastal contrast.
What all the resorts have in common is fascinating local culture. Whether you explore by elephant, take a jungle hike or relax on a sunset boat trip surrounded by passing fishermen, there’s plenty of opportunity to embrace your destination. And best of all.
PETER ISLAND RESORT & SPA HAS TO be seen to be believed. An idyllic private island located just 15 minutes by boat from the airport, it offers honeymooners over 1.800 acres of quiet, unspoiled landscapes to explore.
For the ultimate in privacy why not bag yourselves a spot at the gloriously romantic Honeymoon Beach, which can only be booked by one couple at a time?
The Ocean View Rooms offer the incredible views that their name suggests. The spacious Beachfront Junior Suites are just steps away from the sand and include a luxurious double Jacuzzi bath. Look out for hammocks dotted all over the island — the perfect place to daydream away the afternoon with a book and a tropical cocktail.
Foodies will never be bored with the daily-changing menu at Trade-winds — don’t miss Saturday’s Gala Night for a Caribbean extravaganza! The Spa at Peter Island is perfect to indulge in the island’s chilled way of life, or for something a tad more energetic, you can cycle around the island, play tennis, take a yoga lesson, go diving or wind surfing — all included in your stay. Sunset at the Loop is not to be missed — visit from 5pm to 6.
To see the BVI’s from the best angle, take to the ocean wave and organise your trip as part of a sail/stay package. Spend two nights island hopping on The Silmaril sailboat followed by five dreamy nights at the resort. On arrival honeymooners will receive a bottle of champagne and one private beach dinner.
1 SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY,
Tucked away on Oman’s northern Musandam peninsula, Six Senses Zighy Bays 82 pool villas are laid out like a traditional Omani village between the Hajar Mountains and the resort’s own secluded beach in a private bay (pictured). Expect to become a huge fan of Omani cuisine. Breakfast is Arabian bread drizzled with honey, while dinner is a slow-cooked lamb shank with Omani spices. But by far the most knockout gastronomic experience is to be found at the Sense On The Edge restaurant, perched on the cliffs above the resort. Make sure you book the romantic Starlight Table for two. As well as food, location and luxury, what keeps travellers returning here is the world-class spa. Try the Arabian Facial, which uses figs, almond powder and warm melting honey. WOW FACTOR Want to make an entrance? Paraglide into the resort from the Hajar Mountains above, landing on the beach. GO The Turquoise Holiday Company (turquoiseholidays.co.uk) offers seven nights from £1,570 per person, B&B. Includes flights, transfers, a set three-course dinner and a spa treatment for two.
2 THE HOUSE,
Hordes of celebrities cant be wrong. And they’re all making an annual pilgrimage to the Platinum Coast on the west of Barbados, addicted to this stretch of white sand and its hip, laidback atmosphere. Except this one has its own bar (pictured), pool and gasp-inducing beach on its doorstep. From the moment you arrive and are welcomed with a rum punch and a massage, you know this is one house party you won’t want to leave. It’s the little touches that make it special: free scoops of ice cream offered up as you bake on your sun lounger, complimentary champagne at breakfast, daily afternoon tea and canapes at cocktail hour. Plus, ever-attentive ‘House Ambassadors’ cater to your every whim, from arranging island tours to fixing drinks. WOW FACTOR Ask your Ambassador to organise a private cabana on the beach with dinner catered by neighbouring Daphne’s, one of the island’s most famous restaurants. GO Virgin Holidays (virginholidays.co.uk) offers seven nights from £1,825 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers.
3 SANDALS LATOC GOLF RESORT & SPA,
Perfectly positioned in 210 acres * f of lush tropical gardens hugging a half-mile private beach on the western edge of Saint Lucia, Sandals La Toe Golf Resort & Spa offers its own brand of all-inclusive luxury. From water sports and golf to dining on sirloin steak or scallops in the Pavilion Restaurant, the list of facilities and inclusions are countless. Staff» go the extra mile to make your stay stress-free -they’ll also arrange for you to explore Saint Lucia’s Piton volcanoes and sulphur springs on the ever-popular Joe Knows local tour, a highlight of our trip. And don’t miss a private candlelit dinner under the stars, served by white-gloved waiters. Sometimes you just need a bit of classic romance, which is what Sandals lives and breathes. Splash out on one of the Millionaire Suites (pictured), positioned at the resort’s highest point with panoramic ocean views. GO Sandals (sandals.co.uk) offers seven nights from £1,589 per person, all-inclusive. Includes flights and transfers.